National Sea Monkey Day

National Sea Monkey Day is observed next on Tuesday, May 16th, 2023 (165 days from today).

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National Sea Monkey Day on May 16th each year celebrates the tiny brine shrimp that swim around mail-order aquariums.

National Sea Monkey Day is celebrated every year on 16 May and is a day dedicated to celebrating this much-loved childhood 'pet'. Most people have fond memories of ordering their first Sea Monkeys by mail and waiting for the shipment of these magical-looking sea creatures to arrive.

Popular in the 60's and 70's, the Sea Monkey was a 'pet' that almost every kid has at one point or another. They were popular not only in the 60s and 70s but also into the 90s and recent years.

Usually, the appearance of the Sea Monkey comes with a special mini aquarium that can be used to hatch your Sea Monkeys, and then when they hatch, the aquarium-like tank can be used. for them to live and thrive.

What is a real sea monkey? Sea monkeys are a special type of Artemia - also known as brine shrimp - that are microscopic. How did they get their name? Sea Monkeys get their name from the fact that they have a monkey-like tail shape, making them look like sea monkeys instead of traditional shrimp.

Sea monkeys are sold as eggs that can then be added to the water in their aquarium-like tank, along with water and a variety of specialized chemicals to encourage them to hatch.

If you were a comic book fan as a child or a science buff, you might remember these ads now in your favorite magazine or catalog. They are heavily marketed on sites like X-ray goggles, Magic tricks, and chemistry sets. They advertise that the most unlikely pets are saltwater monkeys that you can easily have all your own. They will be sent to you in freeze-dried form, and then explode when added to water. What you may not know is that Sea-Monkeys have exploded into an incredible fortune loved by people everywhere.

History of National Sea Monkey Day

It was in 1957, during a visit to the pet store, that Harold von Braunhut was fascinated with a species of brine shrimp called Artemia salina, which was being sold as pet food. He then teamed up with a marine biologist, Dr. Anthony D'Agostino, to bring sea monkeys to life. Together, they have developed a suitable dry mix of nutrients and chemicals that can be added to plain water to create an environment conducive to shrimp growth.

Sea monkeys were originally sold as 'Instant Life' and were later named 'Sea Monkeys' due to their similarity to a monkey's tail, making those more like a sea monkey than a shrimp. They were very popular pets from the 60s onwards and they often came with a special mini aquarium used to hatch them and let them live and grow.

These little creatures have grown in popularity over the years and have even found their way into popular culture. They have been featured in television shows including "South Park," "The Simpsons," and "Desperate Housewives."

Why are Sea Monkeys so famous?

These little hybrids have grown in popularity over the years and have appeared on many popular TV shows, including South Park, The Simpsons and Desperate Housewives - they have become an important part of the culture of the childhood of children globally.

Did you know that Sea Monkeys have even flown into space? That's right, in 1998; the Sea Monkeys went into space with John Glenn on the space shuttle Discovery. The Sea Monkeys spent nine days in space and then returned to Earth, where they hatched eight weeks later. Scientists around the globe were surprised to find sea monkeys unaffected by their space voyages and hatched healthy.

All kinds of animals have traveled to space, but the Sea Monkey is definitely the most unique 'pet' ever sent into space!

Did you know that the Sea Monkeys also have their own TV show? TV show called "The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys"; it focuses on the lives of three microscopic sea monkeys named Dave, Bull, and Aquarius, who have been magnified to human size by a mad professor. The plot of the film revolves around the humorous battles that the Sea Monkeys and the professor in the human world have to face. The TV show has been a huge hit with Sea Monkey fans from around the world, and offers kids the chance to learn more about these mystical creatures.

Some facts about Sea Monkeys

  • Sea Monkeys' Own TV Show

They had their own TV show called “Fantastic Vivid Sea Monkeys” which focused on three microscopic sea monkeys that were enlarged to human size by a mad professor.

  • Sea monkey anatomy

Sea monkeys are born with one eye and later grow three eyes and breathe with their feet.

  • Sea monkeys are attracted to light

If you shine a flashlight at a tank full of Sea Monkeys, they will swim towards the light.

  • The diet of the sea monkeys

Sea monkeys eat the algae in their tank, so you don't need to clean it out unless it's really dirty in there.

  • Nature of Sea Monkey

Sea monkeys are loving creatures that show their affection for one another by kissing and cuddling.

Some reasons for National Sea Monkey Day being loved

  • Sea monkeys do not harm the environment

Sea monkeys are very small and adorable. Moreover, they are not harmful to our environment. In fact, they cannot survive in water that is not formulated according to Harold von Braunhut's recipe. Don't these little wonders deserve a day of their own?

  • Sea monkeys are great pets

They were originally marketed as "instant pets" before they were officially named Sea Monkeys. They are easy to raise, only need to be fed once a week and only need basic care.

  • Sea monkeys do not exist in the wild

Is it a miracle that Sea Monkeys are actually created and do not exist in the wild? They are bred from different species of brine shrimp through a scientific process. Sea monkeys actually belong to the species Artemia NYOS, named after the New York Marine Society where they were created.

How to celebrate National Sea Monkey Day

If you love the idea of ​​celebrating National Sea Monkey Day by buying yourself a set of Sea Monkeys to hatch and care for, you may be wondering where you can get them from. The good news is that today you can order Sea Monkeys online, as well as buy them from toy stores. Sea Monkeys are available for purchase online and shipped directly to your home.

National Sea Monkey Day can also be used as an opportunity to educate children about the importance of proper 'pet' care and teach them about the responsibility that comes with owning a ‘pet’. Sea monkeys are great first pets because they are easy to care for and care for but still require a lot of attention. How about educating your children more about 'pet' care? It is also an interesting way to celebrate National Sea Monkey Day.

Sea Monkey Day can also be celebrated by buying yourself a set of these amazing animals and experiencing the magic for yourself! These little boys have orbited the earth and even gone to the moon, telling us a lot about how life exists in space. So get your very own set of awesome Sea-Monkey toys by purchasing some today!


National Sea Monkey Day has been observed annually on May 16th.


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